Everyone But The NCAA Knows Women Should Race The Same XC Distance As Men

2016 will mark the first cross country season ever in which high school girls in all 50 states will race the same distance as the boys. But, inexplicably, women will continue to run the 6K at the NCAA championships while the men race either the 10K or 8K.

North Dakota was the final holdout for moving prep girls up from 4K to 5K. Hilariously, Texas and Oklahoma let some girls run 5K--but not all. Smaller classes in those states ran 3,200 meters.

This massively overdue change happened quickly. According to Runner's World, nine states were running shorter races for girls as recently as 2013. But Wisconsin and Mississippi in 2014, and Iowa, Kansas, South Dakota, and Minnesota in 2015 all switched to 5K. This now means Kansas and Mississippi are more progressive than the NCAA.

It also means that every level of distance running except for college cross country will have men and women racing the same distances. Men and women race the same distances on the track as high schoolers, collegians, and pros. They race the same distance on the roads. They race the same distance in high school cross country. And, as of 2017, men and women professionals at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships will both race the 10K.

At the NCAA championships, women race 6K in all three divisions. The men race 10K in Divisions I and II, and 8K in Division III. Other than small schools in Texas and Oklahoma, those are the only three championship races left where women have to race a different distance than men. It's obvious that, eventually, that will change; the only question is how long is the NCAA willing to be anachronistic and wrong?

If its past behavior is any guide, the answer is a very long time.

Samuel Tefera Upsets Yomif Kejelcha, Breaks 1500m WR

Ethiopian Samuel Tefera broke the world record in the 1500m on Saturday, running 3:31.04 in Birmingham, England to better Hicham El Guerrouj’s mark of 3:31.18 from 1997. 

Hassan, Wanders To Race Monaco 5K On Sunday

Monaco is typically known as the home for one of the world’s top Diamond League meets. But this Sunday, a few of the biggest names in the world will take to the roads on the French Riviera in a 5K. The men’s field is highlighted by Julien Wanders, who just broke the European record in the half marathon, while Sifan Hassan is the top entrant for the women.

FloTrack Predicts Top-12 NCAA DMRs For This Weekend

This weekend for most mid-distance squads is called ‘DMR weekend’, where majority of the top DMR schools compete for an NCAA qualifier (Top-12 National Mark).

Weekend Watch Guide: Fast Miles & DMR At UW, Austin Marathon LIVE Sunday

With NCAA conference championships next weekend and many of the top pros coming off of the Millrose Games last Saturday, this upcoming Friday through Sunday will be a little quieter for the top track and field athletes. But there's still plenty of entertaining races coming your way on FloTrack this weekend, from fast mid-distance action in Seattle to our race coverage of the 2019 Austin Marathon and more.

House Of Run: What's Kejelcha's Next Move?

Jason and Kevin discuss Yomif Kejelcha’s almost world record, Ajee Wilson and Donavan Brazier’s American records, the scary scene involving Kemoy Campbell and all the other news from this year’s Millrose Games.

These 58 Returning All-Americans Haven't Qualified For NCAAs Yet

With just two weeks left to qualify for the 2019 Division I NCAA Indoor Championships, there are a lot of big names who have yet to make the top 16 in one of their marquee events. Below is a list of 161 athletes who have the talent or experience to become an All-American this year, but currently do not hold a top-16 mark. Among these athletes, a staggering 58 of them were All-Americans in 2018 (indoors/outdoors).

NCAA 800m Champ Sammy Watson Is Going Pro

2018 NCAA outdoor 800m champion Sammy Watson of Texas A&M, who won nationals as just a freshman last spring, has turned professional, according to the Rochester (NY) Democrat and Chronicle.

A Crazy Second Lap And Other Takeaways From Kejelcha's 3:48.46 Mile

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Despite falling short of his goal of breaking Hicham El Guerrouj’s 3:48.45 by an excruciating 0.01 seconds, Yomif Kejelcha’s mile on Saturday completely lived up to the pre-race hype. Not only did he run the fastest time indoors in 22 years, but his inconsistent splits underscored a performance that could have been faster with smoother pacing. And at just 21-years-old, Kejelcha’s near-miss at the Armory felt much more like a triumph than a failure.

Fantastic Update: Kemoy Campbell Is 'Awake And Talking'

Update: Kemoy Campbell posted an update on his Instragram, which included a video of him walking for the first time since arriving at the hospital on Saturday night:

FloSports Partners With KXAN To Air 2019 Ascension Seton Austin Marathon

Today, FloSports, the innovator in live digital sports and original content, and KXAN, the NBC affiliate station in Austin, announced a partnership to globally broadcast and provide live and on-demand coverage of the 2019 Ascension Seton Austin Marathon on FloTrack.com, while KXAN will broadcast to the local Austin Market.